I recently made a visit to Jefferson Patterson Park over in Calvert County and went walking with a friend. It was a pretty cool place that included a working farm, an old plantation-like estate, and an excavation site. The place is a hidden gem, and I recommend a family outing.
While on the walk, I was surprisingly surrounded by a host of butterflies that seemed to be following us throughout the hike. It was a unique reminder of the beauty and wonder of these creations of God. A butterfly is a product of a metamorphosis that transforms itself from a crawling caterpillar to a flying colorful winged creature. The experience reminded me that I too am a product of a particular kind of transformation.
As a Christian, I am a new creation in Christ. I have a before and after story. The Bible says that I am to be “transformed by the renewing of my mind” (Romans 12:2). It also says that, in Jesus, I am a “new creation – the old have passed away, and look, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
As I watched these beautiful butterflies flutter around me, I was strangely encouraged by the thought that God was also creating change within my life. The change, however, does come with a cost. Like the butterfly that must be willing to cocoon himself, I must be prepared to die to my old self which allows God to transform me into someone who can freely be who I was created to be.
I write this as an encouragement to all of us. Most of us struggle with finding our way sometimes and having hope for the future that awaits. In those times, remember the butterfly. Bear in mind that in Christ we too can be new creations, as we allow God the ability to do a transformation in our lives.